What's Happening?

Williams-Thomas Funeral Homes is pleased to offer a wide variety of both on-going and seasonal events. We invite you to return often to see what’s coming up on our calendar. If you’d like to keep up-to-date, we invite you to visit our social media pages.

January Events

  • Cancer Support and Wellness Series
    Monday, January 8, 2018 to Monday, December 10, 2018
    Second Monday of each month, starting January 2018, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
    Free class series.

    Fun and educational classes will be offered to cancer patients, family members of the community to promote health and quality of life. Classes are free, but seating is limited. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

    Class topics for 2018 will include:
    Palliative Care: January 8
    Dance and Movement Therapy: February 12
    Breathing for Health: March 12
    Mindful and Gentle Yoga: April 9
    Harnessing Your Inner Energy: May 14
    Nutrition: June 11
    Enhancing Sleep: July 9
    Medical Marijuana and Cancer: August 13
    Touch Therapies: September 10
    Botanical Medicine: October 8
    Meditation and Relaxation Practices: November 5
    Advance Care Planning: December 10

    A voluntary questionnaire will be given at the end of all classes to evaluate the effectiveness of this series.

    The Conference Center at Wilmot Gardens
    University of Florida
    2023 SW Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

    Parking: Wilmot Gardens visitors can park in the small, handicap-accessible parking lot next to the conference center. Additional parking is available in the West Garage, located at the northwest corner of Archer Road and Center Drive, across from the Dental Tower. Parking vouchers will be provided.

June Events

  • Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Friday, June 1, 2018 to Friday, December 7, 2018
    Info on Family Friendly Karaoke for June 1 / 7-10 pm Newberry United Methodist Church See details below
    Please note: NO KARAOKE IN JULY

    Come join us for
    Friday Family Friendly Karaoke
    Featuring KJ
    "Cowboy Mike" Powers
    Mark your calendars.
    6/1/2018 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    No Karaoke in July
    8/3/2018
    9/7/2018
    10/4/2018
    11/2/2018
    12/07/2018
    In the fellowship Hall on the 1st Friday of each Month at the
    Newberry United Methodist Church
    P.O. Box 475
    24845 West Newberry Road
    Newberry, FL 32669
    352-472-4005
    Cost: Please tip the Karaoke Disk Jockey
    All ages invited: No church affiliation needed

    No time for supper??
    We will have food, coffee and snacks for you! or Bring your Own Snacks or Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Share!





    Lois Lehning
    Offering vocal solos (with or without devotional program)
    Need a Sunday anthem or two?
    Program for a Special Event or Holiday Service?
    Pre or Post Service music? Wedding or Funeral Service?
    e-mail: [email protected]

August Events

  • 2018 Healing Hearts Bereavement Support Groups
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018
    Please see attached flyer.

October Events

  • Become a Savvy Caregiver
    Monday, October 1, 2018 to Monday, November 19, 2018
    Please see attached flyer.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE
    Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Friday, September 6, 2019

    IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL ON THE

     1st Friday each month (EXCEPT AS N0TED BELOW *) at the:

    First United Methodist Church

    P.O. Box 475

    248455 W Newberry Road

    Newberry, FL 32669

    352-472-4005



    7-10 pm first Friday of each month except July
    This month, October, has a Halloween theme. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume


    10/4/2018 – 11/2/2018 – 12/7/2018

    1/4/19 – 2/1/2019 – 3/1/2019

    4/5/2019 – 5/3/2019 – 6/7/2019

    NO JULY – 8/2/2019 – 9/6/2019

November Events

  • Hurricane Michael Pet Relief
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Saturday, December 1, 2018
    Hurricane Michael Pet Relief
    Nov. 1st thru Dec. 1st - 2018

    Additional Info: Pet food & Pet supplies drive with all donations being regularly distributed to shelters and the public in the Panama City/ Mexico Beach Area. ITEMS NEEDED: pet food, flea control, chew toys, dewormer, bottled water, cleansing wipes & first-aid supplies, as well as new and gently used leashes, collars, blankets, animal crates, & pet beds. DONATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Gainesville Harley-Davidson And Buell, First Magnitude Brewing Company, Alachua Sports Pub, Spindrifter Lounge, Tattoos by Carl, and Northwood Towing.(additional locations will be added as they come available) Pickup of LARGE donations can be scheduled by calling Dacia Russell @ 352-575-4485 or by contacting Keith Mullins @ Northwood Towing @ 352-373-6445.

  • Help Fight Hunger
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 to Thursday, November 15, 2018
    Subject: Help Fight Hunger

    Ameris Bank is having a food drive to support the Food Bank at the Hawthorne First Baptist Church until November 15th. The collection box is set up at Hitchcock’s in Hawthorne and cash donations can be made at Ameris Bank in Melrose that will be used to purchase items needed.

    Please see attached flyer.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE
    Friday, November 2, 2018 to Friday, September 6, 2019
    FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE

    IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL ON THE

     1st Friday each month (EXCEPT AS N0TED BELOW *) at the:

    First United Methodist Church

    P.O. Box 475

    248455 W Newberry Road

    Newberry, FL 32669

    352-472-4005



    7-10 pm first Friday of each month except July
    This month, November 2nd, has a Thanksgiving theme.  
    Reverse door prize this month: Please bring a canned good or prepackaged food for the food pantry.

    Attached is a jpg for your newsletters, announcements, etc. and a flyer to print and share.


    11/2/2018 – 12/7/2018

    1/4/19 – 2/1/2019 – 3/1/2019

    4/5/2019 – 5/3/2019 – 6/7/2019

    NO JULY – 8/2/2019 – 9/6/2019




  • AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Florida!
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 to Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in February 2019! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.
    As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.
    Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: [email protected] or call 855-OLD-RUST. facebook: @GotAPick 
  • Alachua County Library Hawthorne Branch
    Monday, November 12, 2018 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
    ACLD Libraries will be closed Sunday Nov 11 and Monday Nov 12 for Veterans Day.


    Hey Hawthorne, lets celebrate Thanksgiving and grow our gratitude together! Each week in November, we will challenge you to share a photo of something in or around Hawthorne which makes you feel grateful. Submit using using #HAWGratitude and tag us using @alachualibrary
    Submit a picture each week to be eligible for that week's door prize drawing!
    • Nov 4 - 10 What did you see? Share a picture of something beautiful/wonderful that you see in/around Hawthorne.
    • Nov 11- 17 Who makes you grateful? Share a picture of a person or group of people in Hawthorne that you are grateful to know.
    Senior Arts & Crafts
    Hawthorne Community Center
    Tuesday, November 13: 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for arts, crafts, music and more at the Hawthorn Community Center! No cost to participate! Ages 50+ For November we will paint with tissue paper creating a water color like autumn painting.
    Cosponsored by the Hawthorne Life Enrichment Center, seniors are invited to come mingle at the Hawthorne Community Center to enjoy creating decorative projects and have fun with friends! Supplies provided. 
     
    Storytime
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Thursday, November 15: 10:30am - 11:15am
    AGE GROUP:  TODDLERS (1-3 YEARS), PRESCHOOL (3-5 YEARS), BABIES (1 AND UNDER)
    Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers
     
    SHINE Counseling
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Thursday, November 15: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)
    The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and no cost, by trained SHINE Volunteer counselors. Join Judy Archey for individual sessions designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options. The discussion will consist of definitions, costs, options and all questions answered. Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help; MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received. Call the Elder Care Helpline for sites that require appointments: 1-800-963-5337, or walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st Street, Hawthorne Florida, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
     
    Read to a Dog
     Hawthorne Library Main Lobby
    Thursday, November 15: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
    AGE GROUP:  ALL AGES
    EVENT TYPE:   READING LITERACY  ANIMALS & NATURE
    Cuddle up with a dog and read a book! All ages and readers welcome.
     
    Meeting Room
    Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore placed -- You'll feel much better! Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anayais a MS certified Yoga instructor with over 20 years experience teaching yoga
     
    FOODIEspace: Cooking from your garden
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Friday, November 16: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    AGE GROUP:  ALL AGES
    Learn more about growing your garden and cooking from your garden.
     
     
     
     
  • Hawthorne Library Branch November 13-16th Events
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to Friday, November 16, 2018
    Hey Hawthorne, lets celebrate Thanksgiving and grow our gratitude together! Each week in November, we will challenge you to share a photo of something in or around Hawthorne which makes you feel grateful. Submit using using #HAWGratitude and tag us using @alachualibrary
    Submit a picture each week to be eligible for that week's door prize drawing!
    • Nov 4 - 10 What did you see? Share a picture of something beautiful/wonderful that you see in/around Hawthorne.
    • Nov 11- 17 Who makes you grateful? Share a picture of a person or group of people in Hawthorne that you are grateful to know.
    Senior Arts & Crafts
    Hawthorne Community Center
    Tuesday, November 13: 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for arts, crafts, music and more at the Hawthorn Community Center! No cost to participate! Ages 50+ For November we will paint with tissue paper creating a water color like autumn painting.
    Cosponsored by the Hawthorne Life Enrichment Center, seniors are invited to come mingle at the Hawthorne Community Center to enjoy creating decorative projects and have fun with friends! Supplies provided. 
     
    Storytime
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Thursday, November 15: 10:30am - 11:15am
    AGE GROUP:  TODDLERS (1-3 YEARS), PRESCHOOL (3-5 YEARS), BABIES (1 AND UNDER)
    Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers
     
    SHINE Counseling
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Thursday, November 15: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    AGE GROUP:  ADULTS (19 AND UP)
    The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and no cost, by trained SHINE Volunteer counselors. Join Judy Archey for individual sessions designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options. The discussion will consist of definitions, costs, options and all questions answered. Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help; MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received. Call the Elder Care Helpline for sites that require appointments: 1-800-963-5337, or walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st Street, Hawthorne Florida, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
     
    Read to a Dog
     Hawthorne Library Main Lobby
    Thursday, November 15: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
    AGE GROUP:  ALL AGES
    EVENT TYPE:   READING LITERACY  ANIMALS & NATURE
    Cuddle up with a dog and read a book! All ages and readers welcome.
     
    Meeting Room
    Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore placed -- You'll feel much better! Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anayais a MS certified Yoga instructor with over 20 years experience teaching yoga
     
    FOODIEspace: Cooking from your garden
     Hawthorne Branch - Meeting Room
    Friday, November 16: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    AGE GROUP:  ALL AGES
    Learn more about growing your garden and cooking from your garden.
  • Our 12th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraise
    Friday, November 16, 2018
    Our 12th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser is November 16th. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased from crew members, online at http://www.GainesvilleAreaRowing.com or at the event. With your ticket, you will get 3 glasses of beer and/or wine. There will be live music from Good Bottom, great food and a silent auction.
  • Turning Point Ministry - Spaghetti Dinner
    Friday, November 16, 2018 : 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    Turning Point Ministry's Spaghetti Dinner

    Friday, November 16, 2018
    5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    Take-Out Available

    Adults $9.00

    16750 NW 60th Street (C/R 341)
    Chiefland, FL 32626

    493-0015 for details

    Tickets available presale & at the door
  • COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
    Thursday, November 22, 2018 : 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
    COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
    Hosted by the Newberry Church of Christ
    November 22, 2018
    11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Free to All
    Feel free to come and give thanks to God for all that we have been blessed with.
    It's great to be with friends and loved ones for the holidays.
    Come as our guest and leave as our friend!

    We would like Happy Thanksgiving in the community
    dinner: Produce Place
    Pawn Shop
    L&N Auto Sale
    Hitchcock's Hometown Pharmacy
    Foxshire Grooming
    The Country Kitchen
    Villagglo
    The Frozen Berry
    Many individuals for their money, food and time.

    For any Questions call Jess Carter, minister, at (352)727-1943


  • Music at Holy Trinity - Twenty-Third Annual St. Andrew's Day Evensong
    Sunday, November 25, 2018 : 5:00 PM
    Music at Holy Trinity on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

    Twenty-Third Annual St. Andrew's Day Evensong

    The Holy Trinity Choir, Bagpipes, Scottish Singing and Dancing

    This event is presented FREE OF CHARGE. The reception follows (wine and hors d'oeuvres). Donations will be accepted to benefit The Holy Trinity Music Fund.

    100 NE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL

    www.holytrinitygnv.org

December Events

  • Multi Market Sale Heritage Park Melrose, FL
    Saturday, December 1, 2018 : 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Multi Market Sale - Crafts - Arts - Produce - Jewelry
    Dec. 1, 2018
    9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    At Heritage Park Melrose, FL
    Call Deb Massie at 352-318-4760 for info.,
    to reserve your space!
    cost: $5.00 each 10X10 space
    (canopies encouraged)
    Proceeds To: Melrose Senior and Community Center

    Music in Gazebo ~ 'Just Sayin'
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE
    Friday, December 7, 2018 to Friday, September 6, 2019
    FAMILY FRIENDLY KARAOKE

    IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL ON THE

     1st Friday each month (EXCEPT AS N0TED BELOW *) at the:

    First United Methodist Church

    P.O. Box 475

    248455 W Newberry Road

    Newberry, FL 32669

    352-472-4005

    7-10 pm first Friday of each month except July
    This month, December 7th, has a Christmas theme.  
    DOOR PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST "UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER

    PLEASE BRING A WRAPPED WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT IF YOU WANT TO PLAY OUR CHRISTMAS EXCHANGE

    Please see attached flyer

    .

    12/7/2018

    1/4/19 – 2/1/2019 – 3/1/2019

    4/5/2019 – 5/3/2019 – 6/7/2019

    NO JULY – 8/2/2019 – 9/6/2019




  • Walk Through Bethlehem
    Friday, December 7, 2018 : 6:00 PM to Sunday, December 9, 2018 : 9:00 PM
    Join us for a Walk Through Bethlehem. Close your eyes a second before you enter the city gates and let your mind take you back over 2000 years in time. Walk with a guide through the market place and be part of the sights and sounds of the city where Christ was born. Hear and see the vendors selling their wares, the sounds of the animals and the villagers talking about the wonderful event about to unfold in their small town.

    Then experience our Live Drama featuring some of the miracles of Christ from his birth to his resurrection. The drama, music, and costumes will take you back in time and is a wonderful way to start celebrating the true meaning of the Christmas season.

    First Baptist Church Keystone Heights
    550 E. Walker Drive
    Keystone Heights, Fl. 32656

    Dec. 7th, 8th and 9th
    6pm-9pm

    No reservation needed unless you are a large group of more than 15 people.
    There is no charge - FREE to all

    Contact Person: Marcia Blackwell
    Email: [email protected]
    Cell: 561-352-5127


  • Hawthorne's 36th Annual Christmas Festival
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 : 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
    Hawthorne's 36th Annual Christmas Festival (11:00 am - 5:30 pm) Parade at 3:00 pm Photos with Santa at the library 4:00 - 5:00 pm Parade and Festival Located at: SE 221st Street Hawthorne, FL Download entry forms at www.HawthorneAreaChamber.org 
  • Holiday Harmonies VI
    Saturday, December 8, 2018 : 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
    Save the Date!

    Holiday Harmonies VI
    Season of Joy

    Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Unitarian Universalist Church, 4225 NW 34th Street, Gainesville

    *The Award Winning Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus* *Barbergators Chorus*
  • Love Never Fails Event
    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Subject: Love Never Fails Event in Honor of Law Enforcement
    Message: Please delete the first announcement sent. Add this one: Love Never Fails Event in Honor of Law Enforcement December 18, 2018 7:00 p.m. Location: 5701 Venue (Senior Citizen Recreation Center) 5701 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32653 Lazarus Restoration Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, will be hosting the first “Love Never Fails” event in honor of the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, University of Florida Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol in the Gainesville District. We hope you will join us in honoring our dedicated men and women that works tirelessly in keeping our city safe. Come and enjoy food, door prizes, music, and so much more to show our Law Enforcement we appreciate the job that they do. Seating will be limited so register online at www.lazarusrmi.org under Special Events. 
    Email: [email protected]


March Events

  • 2nd Annual Spring Art Festival
    Saturday, March 23, 2019 : 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Glen Dyals Park, 21340 SE Hwy 349, Suwannee FL 32692. Features local artists, crafters, food vendors and much more. Fun for the entire family! For vendor applications, email Jane at [email protected] Sponsored by Suwannee Library Technical Center (part of Dixie Public Library).
  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
    Saturday, March 30, 2019 : 1:00 PM to Sunday, March 31, 2019 : 4:00 PM
    • March 30 & March 31, 2019

    • Juried Fine Arts Show welcoming 120 Fine Artists and Craftsman
    • Art Demonstrations both Afternoons (1-4pm)
    • Live Music, Great Food, & Kids Art Activities in Beachfront City Park
    • Free, Family and Pet-Friendly
    • Located on Historic 2nd St in Picturesque Cedar Key
    • Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10 am- 4pm
    • 60 miles SW of Gainesville at the west in of State Road 24
    • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    For further information;